Yeovil v Hartlepool United: Bird, Compton, Dolan will not haunt Pools

Ryan Bird celebrates his goal for Hartlepool during their 1-0 victory against Wimbledon last season.  Picture by FRANK REID
Ryan Bird celebrates his goal for Hartlepool during their 1-0 victory against Wimbledon last season. Picture by FRANK REID

Ronnie Moore will come face-to-face with some old faces tomorrow at Yeovil – but hopes they are not going to come back to haunt Hartlepool United.

One certainly won’t be doing Pools any damage at Huish Park given Jack Compton, a summer departure from Victoria Park is injured.

I tried to sign him in the summer, but at that stage we couldn’t cope with the wages his agent was looking

RONNIE MOORE

But Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock is almost certain to include former Pools and Boro midfielder, Matty Dolan, plus striker Ryan Bird, who scored twice in six loan apperarances for Pools last season before being recalled by Cambridge.

The striker is now with the Glovers, for whom he has scored three times, though Moore says he could have been wearing blue tomorrow instead of green and white.

“It can put something extra into a game, but none of them have anything to prove,” said Moore.

“Birdy did well on loan for us.

“I tried to sign him in the summer, but at that stage we couldn’t cope with the wages his agent was looking at so he moved there, that’s why we missed out.

“Compton has done well at times, not so well at others.

“I know he probably won’t play against us because he’s injured.

“But he has great ability, no doubt, it’s about consistency which he has lacked.”

Throw in defender Stephen Arthurworrey, who played for Moore at Tranmere, and the match has plenty of reunions.

“We know one or two of them,” added Moore. “Not just Birdy, Compton and Dolan.

“I had Arthurworrey at Tranmere when he was at West Brom.”